How I Plan and Prioritize My Weeks
Several of you have told me that you wish you could sit at my kitchen table and see how I plan our busy life so I thought I’d do a post about what that looks like.
For years I’ve used this Weekly Priority Printable that I made for myself.
It’s just to plan the HIGHLIGHTS of our week, not every little task. It’s also a reminder of our IDEALS–how we want to look back at how we spent our life. It’s a run-down of what God calls me to in Titus 2.
For instance, at the end of a week, I want to have spent time in God’s Word. That’s goal #1. I want to intentionally LOVE my husband and children. This includes meals, emotional support, and mutual spiritual encouragement.
I can’t tell you how many times this little sheet has helped me say “NO” to things that were fine and good, but not the best for our family–LIKE every week. It also helps me see the “ebb and flow” of our life–aka–when I’ve over committed myself and need to rest.
Basically, I set aside an hour a week to jot down my “plan.”
- I print my guidelines.
- I pray and ask God to guide me as I “plan” and to redirect my plans as He sees fit.
- I then plan for my devotional time: what I’ll read and study in Scripture and what devotional books I’m going through. I keep an ongoing “What Do I Know about My God? notebook. I also keep a leather bound notebook for all of my Bible study,notes for teaching or speaking, notes from sermons, seminars, or quotes that impacted me.
- I try to plan a time to connect with Peter. In this season of life it’s usually either a coffee time or just shopping or doing something mundane together so we can talk.
- I then mark and plan for “special days” like birthdays or anniversaries.
- I look at the flyers to make our weekly menu based on what’s on sale or in season.
- I block out school times.
- I note doctors appointments, weekly lessons or commitments that I have with the kids.
- I plan to do something fun with the kids.
- I plan to do good to someone God has put on my heart by either a phone call, note, visit, or coffee run.
- I note our ministry schedule and plan to invite people in for fellowship/hospitality if our schedule allows.
- I plan personal ministry times like blogging, encouraging a friend, watching a friend’s kids, “kitchen table counseling” as God gives me time.
When you write this all down, you’ll see right away where you are out of balance or too busy. As you look back, you’ll KNOW that you lived life according to your ideals instead of just living re-actively and haphazardly.
There you have it. Nothing elaborate, but it works for me.
How do you plan your weeks? Do you struggle to say no to good things so that you can live the best life you can? (I highly recommend Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love, one of my favorite books of 2015!) Feel free to share any great resources with me! I love to hear how you organize your life.
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